A squad of nine Space Marines are left after a devastating turn of events. They are pinned down and surrounded by hordes of Orks. Their fate will be decided on the next roll. They hope their general is feeling lucky today.
Players engage in battles like this in homes, stores and tournaments all over the country. They are playing a tabletop battlegame known as Warhammer 40,000.
Players can choose from any of the 14 races available in the Warhammer 40,000 series. Each race has its own rich and complex history. The storyline for each race continues to evolve and deepen as the game extends towards the future. It has been over 20 years in the making.
One of the most unique aspects about this game is the player’s ability to customize his or her army. The parts used to assemble the figures are interchangeable. Color schemes, weapon and armor choices are all details that reflect a player’s personality.
Many players often have an intimate understanding of their units. They find the connection after many hours of assembling, customizing and painting their forces. And when it comes time to lead the units to battle, it’s crucial to know which guys they can count on.
I spoke with Ian McDonald, the manager of the Games Workshop store on East 8th Street in Manhattan, to get an insider’s view of the game.